My favorite day of the week is fast approaching once again, and no I’m not talking about #TGIF but instead #NCBD or new comic book day Wednesday. My favorite day of the week always includes a trip to my local comic book store SoCal Games and Comics. Wednesday also includes my weekly indie picks that I think are worth checking out. These are the book that I read myself and would recommend. Everyone knows whats going on with Batman and Old Man Logan lately; this gives me a chance to highlight some indie books that might not be as well know but certainly should be. As always my reviews come chock full of spoiler fun, so read at your own risk. The Old Guard #1 *Written by Greg Rucka *Art and Cover by Leandro Fernandez *Colors by Daniela Miwa*Letters by Jodi Wynne *Image Comics
I wanted to start with a brand new book this week from the super creative mind behind some of the most highly acclaimed issues of Wonder Woman pre and post rebirth; Greg Rucka. Rucka teams up with a super talented group and Image Comics to bring us some very different anti-heroes. “An anti-hero is a flawed hero, and therefore, much more interesting then the more traditional heroes. They can be working on the side of good, but with a tragic flaw, a horrible past, or for reasons that are selfish and not entirely pure.”-Wikipedia. The Old Guard puts a new twist on this type of book. The group has an unique ability and secret, they are nearly indestructible. Andy, Nicky, Joe and Booker are a mysterious foursome. We don’t know where they came from, how old they really are or how they received their abilities. Issue 1 introduces the main characters briefly and throws them a good curve ball. There is an interesting paranormal/military feel to the book, with art work that fits the theme perfectly. I’m looking forward to seeing where this one will go. I enjoyed the set up, but wish things in this first issue would have been explained a little better. It also has more of an adult theme so I would recommend only to the more mature reader. I give The Old Guard #1 an 8/10 this month.
A whole year has passed since Uma was presumed dead by her friends. We find out in issue #9 this is not the case. We all collectively let out a huge sigh of relief when stubborn (AF) Catrin finally tracks down a very much alive but slightly altered looking Uma. Issue #10 gives us a glimpse as to what Dewydd has been doing with his whole year. Issues #10 titled “Dewydd the Wanderer” makes it pretty easy to understand he took after Kolstak and became a Wanderer; and a pretty bad ass one as it just so happens. My favorite line is where Dewydd is quoting Uma, “find your own path, shine”. Even a year later she is a source of inspiration to him, all thought as you will find out there is much more to dorky little Dewydd now. It took Uma’s supposed death to create the man he was always meant to be. It’s funny how tragedy can shape a person. This issue is full of surprises, from Dewydd’s mission, to the very last page. It was killing me that he had no idea that Uma was alive this whole year. I expected that if anyone wouldn’t give up hope it would have been him. I could picture Dewydd constantly searching and never giving up. What a twist that it was really Catrin who loved Uma enough to keep the faith; because she just didn’t want to exist in a world where there was no Uma. Joyride is a constant surprise and wonder to read. I’ve enjoyed the journey thus far and there is still more to come. I give Joyride #10 a 9/10 for its stunning visuals and strong story.
You can’t touch this issue of Vampblade 98, because it is just too legit to quit. Yea I’m doing the old school throw back to the 90’s just like Jason Martin did with this retro issue of Vampblade. This cool issue is filling the gap for a month between Vampblade season 1 and Season 2; which picks back up in March. It’s a neat peek into how Vampblade got started all those years ago. Katie wasn’t the first to wield the blades, if you remember. They once belonged to a drugged out go-go dancer who couldn’t even hack one night with the blades. But that night did inspire the comic books, that in turn inspired a young Katie; who would eventually grow up to be the Vampblade we all know and love. This issue is chock full of boobs, drugs, and rock and roll; everything the 90’s was infamous for. The artwork is tight as always. Just beautifully drawn and vibrant colors. The retro story is worth a read for sure. As always the Action Lab/Danger Zone titles are for mature readers only. This is no exception! I give Vampblade 98 an 8/10. Keep your eye out next month for the return of Katie in the regular Vampblade series.
I think my favorite this week would have to be issue #2 of the epic crossover featuring two of my all time favorite hunks. Hal Jordan and Captain Kirk team up and all bets are off, how’s a poor girl to decide? I really am enjoying watching the Lanterns and the members of Starfleet co-mingle. What made this book over the top special for me was 2 things. First is the inclusion of the Manhunters; a race of sentient robots that were originally created by the guardians before the Lanterns. My favorite moment was when I looked at a panel and instantly saw what looked like Benedict Cumberbatch. I was geeking out because it was indeed Benedict’s character Khan from the Star Trek Into Darkness movie, and they nailed his likeness incredibly well. Of course the evil Khan would just so happen to fall into possession of a red Lantern ring. What could possibly be worse than an evil psychopath bent on all out destruction now being a red lantern as well? I guess it’s going to be up to Kirk and Hal to stop this megalomaniac and Sinestro as well. I can’t wait to see how my boys manage this one! Needless to say I think this is a great read. I give Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #2 a perfect 10/10! This is an all ages adventure, the story is fun and solid plus amazing art really helps set this book apart for me.
As you can see I am little bit passionate about the books I read, I take them quite seriously. I would never recommend something that I haven’t read or didn’t enjoy myself. I hope you can find something on my list to take a chance on because there are some really great books out there just waiting for you to discover them. If your reading something else amazing, I’d love to know about it. Heck even if you disagree with me, drop me a line and let me know why. Don’t forget to stop into your local comic book shops for all the new releases on new comic book Wednesdays. Do your part to help support your local small businesses. You can reach me here @TMStash or on Twitter @geeky_goddess01